Four of college basketball's top programs -- Duke, Michigan State, Kentucky and Kansas -- have committed to create the Champions Classic, an early-season marquee event debuting in 2011 and televised by ESPN.
North Carolina, which lost to Syracuse in the 2K Sports Classic Championship last weekend, dropped sharply in the latest ESPN/USA Today men's college basketball top 25 poll, slipping from No. 4 to No. 12.
Shannon Brown had 12 points off the bench, including three spectacular dunks on his 18th birthday, to help Michigan State (No. 4 ESPN/USA Today; No. 3 AP) beat Penn 77-52 Saturday in the first game of the Coca-Cola Spartan Classic.